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Tell me about "pro" helmets

Old 07-20-14, 09:01 AM
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Tell me about "pro" helmets

I have been noticing that many (most, all?) the helmets worn this year in the TdF appear to be bigger and bulkier than both what I have seen in the past and what I have been wearing for years. The riders' heads look like incandescent light bulbs. It appears that both the height and circumference of the helmets have been increased. Is this to provide better protection? I also notice that the vents appear to be much larger. It occurs to me that the increased size allows many large vents and still provides for significant amount of structural support between the vents. Is this the reason for the change?

Finally is this change the doing of just one company, perhaps that Italian brand (what's the name?) that folks ooh and aah about and chase all over the world. Or is this change taking over the entire helmet market.

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Old 07-20-14, 11:51 AM
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I don't know but perhaps the paint makes it look that way.
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I actually noticed that some of the helmets in the tour this year do look bigger as well. I thought maybe it was just me. On the other hand, there are some, maybe because of the shape of the helmet, that actually look smaller to me too. Team Sky, for instance, has some nice looking helmets that don't look overly bulky. Being on the lookout lately for a new helmet myself lately, I decided to see how much the Kask helmet worn by Sky goes for. Yeah, I'll pass on the $300+ bike helmet....
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10 dollar head 10 dollar helmet.
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I thought of the Kask too. My problem is no LBS sells them. I'm right between a medium and large and Kask published data even has a gap in sizing between the two. It's not worth dealing with returns.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
Finally is this change the doing of just one company, perhaps that Italian brand (what's the name?) that folks ooh and ahh about and chase all over the world?

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Old 07-20-14, 12:23 PM
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Wiggle advertised the Kask helmets, but when I visited their web site, they weren't for sale in the US. wonder why??
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i recently purchased a POC helmet. it's offered in a pro version and a non-pro version. the pro version weighs more is bulkier. so i guess it's not imaginary, more speed, more protection...
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Wiggle advertised the Kask helmets, but when I visited their web site, they weren't for sale in the US. wonder why??
No ANSI certification, maybe?
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Old 07-20-14, 02:51 PM
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A Pro helmet is a helmet that you pay enough for that a significant amount of the charge goes to pay the Pros that the company sponsors.
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Bigger cars are safer. Thats why some sedans are the size of what use to be small trucks. I am guessing the same applies to helmets.

And gives more room for "crumple zones" per se.
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They just have smaller heads.
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
No ANSI certification, maybe?

maybe, but why wouldn't they be certified? dayum.....
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Pro helmets theoretically earn money. All other helmets have to pay for their rides. Semi-pro helmets can get the occasional tchotcke or a modest win purse...
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Originally Posted by rangerdavid View Post
maybe, but why wouldn't they be certified? dayum.....
More likely there is a territorial sales agreement/restriction so they can't sell out of Europe.
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Originally Posted by rangerdavid View Post
maybe, but why wouldn't they be certified? dayum.....
If certification is the issue (I'm not saying it is) it could be that the cost/benefit ratio wasn't good enough for them to spend money on certification to pry their way into the US market.

Otherwise there's a regional sales restriction giving the market to a particular distributor and out of market online distributors aren't allowed to sell in the market.
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hopefully you are aware that most things that the pros wear are from their sponsors. Translation what they wear are for marketing purposes and not exactly what they would wear if given a choice.

So those helmets that you notice the pros wearing are meant for you to rush out and to buy "what the pros are wearing"

Buy what ever fits you best and not "what the pros are wearing"
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Yeah, they're changing. Looks like 1990 again. They look stupid but if this is the new thing the industry is going to push and give to the pro teams then pretty soon everyone here will think they're cool.

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No ANSI certification, maybe?
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maybe, but why wouldn't they be certified? dayum.....
Costs money, I'm sure. Perhaps they felt the US market was already saturated with helmets and it wasn't worthwhile to go through the cost and bother.
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maybe, but why wouldn't they be certified? dayum.....
Most likely they *are* certified in Europe.
I have a 2009 Catlike Whisper which is certified only for the EN 1978 European standard.
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Originally Posted by rangerdavid View Post
Wiggle advertised the Kask helmets, but when I visited their web site, they weren't for sale in the US. wonder why??
My one of my lbs which is also a trek store, has them in ohio ...
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Seems like no one is mentioning that the newest buzzword in road helmets is "aero." Although I like the brand new Giro helmet (can't remember the name), the Air Attack and especially the Specialized mini-TT helmet are pretty ridiculous looking. That being said, for marginal gains in a take all race like the TDF, I don't blame the riders for wearing them, for the rest of us, probably not a big deal for day to day use. Lots of the helmets look good this year though. Lotto's Lazers are not too bluky without the aerocover. The Kasks are pretty cool too.
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Seems like no one is mentioning that the newest buzzword in road helmets is "aero." Although I like the brand new Giro helmet (can't remember the name), the Air Attack and especially the Specialized mini-TT helmet are pretty ridiculous looking. That being said, for marginal gains in a take all race like the TDF, I don't blame the riders for wearing them, for the rest of us, probably not a big deal for day to day use. Lots of the helmets look good this year though. Lotto's Lazers are not too bluky without the aerocover. The Kasks are pretty cool too.
Yup, right on the nail. AERO as well as new brands that appeal to the more chic crowd. Specialized is using the Evade with their sprinter focused teams instead of the prevail which they use with their GC guys. POC used to be a mountain bike helmet company and now they are brining their trendy big holes into the scene which apparently give superb airflow. The Giros being used at the Synthe and the Air Attack. The Air attack is almost a full TT helmet sans the tail and the synthe is somewhere between the AEON and the Air Attack. It's supposed to be almost as "aero" as the AA without being as warm. I like the new batch. KASK is definitely the best looking one but the price is above and beyond reason. I have a Kask Vertigo KOM and it is not quite as nice as I'd would have like it to be at that price....
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Pro helmets are too expensive , I rather go with a giro indicator helmet for 45$. Save the money for spare parts and tubes.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post

Finally is this change the doing of just one company, perhaps that Italian brand (what's the name?) that folks ooh and aah about and chase all over the world. Or is this change taking over the entire helmet market.

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